What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health?, by Jo Barton and Jules Pretty at the University of Essex, appeared in Environmental Science and Technology.
Using 1,252 participants, the report found that activities taking place in green environments improved both self esteem and mood. In addition, the mentally-ill had one of the greatest self-esteem improvements.
The relationship between exposure to green space and health was highlighted by Barton at a GreenSpace East forum earlier this year. "The quality and quantity of the green space really affects physical and mental health," she explained.
The research suggests: "Employers could encourage staff in stressful workplaces to take a short walk at lunchtime in the nearest park to improve mental health."